A few words about the 5th arrondissement
The Latin Quarter is a district centred around the Sorbonne which is home to many universities, colleges, and prestigious high schools. It has a reputation for being a young lively atmosphere. Its name comes from the Middle Ages when Latin was the language of learning at the Sorbonne.
The 5th arrondissement of Paris covers an area of 2.541 km2 with a population of 60,800 (2011). The district is overlooked by the dome of the Panthéon which sits at the top of an elevated mount called Montagne Sainte-Geneviève (alt. 61 m above sea level).
The 5th arrt includes some famous Parisian monuments such as the Panthéon, the Sorbonne university, the Jussieu university campus, the Arab World Institute, the Jardin des Plantes, the Ménagerie (France’s oldest public zoo), the National Museum of Natural History (including the Grand Gallery of Evolution) and the picturesque Rue Mouffetard.
Public institutions and organisations in the 5th arrondissement
A few public institutions and organisations have their seat in the 5th arrt:
- the Sorbonne university (founded in the mid-12th century, it is one of the oldest universities in Europe)
- the Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale et de la Recherche (Ministry of Higher Education and Research)
- the Val de Grâce (major military hospital)
Main places of interest in the 5th arrondissement
The 5th arrondissement includes one of Paris’ most famous monument: the Panthéon. There are many other places of interest to be discovered on the slopes of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève and near the banks of the River Seine.
The main places of interest in the 5th arrondissement are:
- the Panthéon
- the Saint-Étienne-du-Mont church
- the Banks of River Seine from Pont de Sully to Place Saint-Michel
- the Thermes and Hôtel de Cluny (National Museum of the Middle-Ages)
- the Saint Séverin-Saint Nicolas Gothic church
- the Saint-Julien le Pauvre church
- the Arena of Lutetia (Roman ruins)
- the Jardin des Plantes
- the Ménagerie (France’s oldest zoo)
- the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturel and the Grand Gallery of Evolution
- the Paris Mosque and its minaret
- the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute)
- the picturesque street of Rue Mouffetard
- the dome of the Val de Grâce church